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Chamber and committees

Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee

The Committee was established in June 2021. It focuses on:

  • Scrutinising the Scottish Government’s policies and progress towards meeting climate change targets across all government departments
  • Transport
  • Energy
  • Net zero and circular economy
  • Aspects of environmental policy

Next meeting

Meeting details are not yet available. They will be published here in due course.

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact Peter McGrath, the Clerk for the committee.

 

Address: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6039 Find out about call charges.

Twitter: @SP_NetZero

If you're appearing as a witness at a committee, take a look at our witness guide for more information.

Members

Members of the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee

Current Members

Lockhart, Dean

Dean Lockhart

Convener

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Mid Scotland and Fife (Region)

Hyslop, Fiona

Fiona Hyslop

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Linlithgow (Constituency)

Don, Natalie

Natalie Don

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Renfrewshire North and West (Constituency)

Dunbar, Jackie

Jackie Dunbar

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Aberdeen Donside (Constituency)

Kerr, Liam

Liam Kerr

Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: North East Scotland (Region)

Lennon, Monica

Monica Lennon

Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Central Scotland (Region)

Ruskell, Mark

Mark Ruskell

Member

Party: Scottish Green Party

MSP for: Mid Scotland and Fife (Region)

Substitute Members

Stevenson, Collette

Collette Stevenson

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: East Kilbride (Constituency)

Villalba, Mercedes

Mercedes Villalba

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: North East Scotland (Region)

Whittle, Brian

Brian Whittle

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Committee work

Current

Future

The Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee has agreed a work programme for the early part of this 2021-26, which is revised on an ongoing basis. We aim to update this page, in the light of changes agreed to by the Committee, to keep information up-to-date.
Determination of early priorities and COP26

The Committee’s first major work was a series of “scene-setting” evidence sessions with key stakeholders, to help determine priorities for this 2021-26 Parliamentary session. This included evidence about the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) held in Glasgow in November 2021, and its outcomes. Committee Members also held bilateral meetings with counterparts from around the world whilst the conference was ongoing.

The Committee will lead a Chamber debate on the COP26 legacy and preparation for COP27 on the afternoon of Thursday 24 February.
Inquiry into role of local government and partners in delivering net zero

In November, the Committee agreed to launch an inquiry into the role of local government and its cross-sectoral partners in financing and delivering a net-zero Scotland.

Phase 1 of the inquiry consists of evidence from major stakeholders through January. After the close of the Committee’s call for views on 21 January, the Committee will consider and agree further witnesses in February, with evidence likely to be taken in March and April. The Committee aims to report to Parliament before the 2022 summer recess.
NPF4

The Committee is amongst a number of Parliamentary Committees jointly scrutinising the Scottish Government’s fourth draft national planning framework (NPF4). The Committee’s focus is on how NPF4 addresses Scotland’s future needs in relation to energy and heat in buildings, transport, land use (“green infrastructure”), and the circular economy.

The Committee will take evidence at meetings on 1 and 8 February, sending its findings to the lead Committee; the Local Government Housing and Planning Committee, later in February.
Scottish Government budget

The Committee has a rolling programme of considering Scottish Government budget proposals in relation to net zero, energy and transport. This includes making proposals to the Scottish Government before the draft budget is published, usually towards the end of each calendar year.

The Committee wrote to the Scottish Government with pre-budgetary observations in November 2021. The Scottish Government’s reply of 15 December 2021 reproduces the Committee’s observations in full in its annexe, together with the Scottish Government’s replies. The Committee has invited the Cabinet Secretary NZET to give evidence on the Scottish Government, and his 2022-23 priorities, at its meeting on 1 February 2022.
Petitions


From time to time, the Convener will place consideration of current petitions on the agenda. The following petitions have been referred to the Committee this session and remain open. Click on the links for more information on each:

PE1750: Independent Monitoring of Satellite tags fitted to raptors

PE1815 Translocate protected beavers to reduce licensed killing | Scottish Parliament Website

PE1872: Improve the reliability of island ferry services


Correspondence

Committee correspondence

Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee

Strategic Transport Projects Review: Revised Timescale

Letter to the Convener from Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, Scottish Government, 30 December 2021

Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee

Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/412)

Letter to the Convener from Mairi McAllan, Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Scottish Government, 23 December 2021

Official Reports

Official Reports

Meeting date: Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Subordinate Legislation, Role of Local Government in Delivering Net Zero

Meeting date: Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Role of Local Government in Delivering Net Zero, European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018

Meeting date: Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Climate Change Committee (Annual Progress Report)

Remit

To consider and report on matters falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport.